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Fcc Chief Previews Proposed Net Neutrality Rules
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Fcc Chief Previews Proposed Net Neutrality Rules

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski recently previewed new Net neutrality rules designed to preserve the Web "as a platform...

Web Bug Reveals Browsing History
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Web Bug Reveals Browsing History

Porn sites are among the top users of a browser bug that reveals all the places people go online, finds research.

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Every Day We Write the Book

What would happen if Facebook made its data available for research?

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Google Earth Engine Debuts

In what promises to be one of the most impressive innovations to come out of the Cancun climate talks, the philanthropic arm of Google launched a new technology...

Professor Develops Innovative Technology For Wireless ­nderground Communication
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Professor Develops Innovative Technology For Wireless ­nderground Communication

Ryerson University professor Xavier Fernando has developed highly reliable underground wireless communications systems that can ensure miners' safety before and...

NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical
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NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth.

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$1 Million Gift Boosts Prep Program For Future Math, Science Teachers

The University of Houston's teachHouston program, which works to combat the shortage of qualified science and math teachers in middle and high schools, has received...

China Breaks Ground on Futuristic Supercomputer Complex
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China Breaks Ground on Futuristic Supercomputer Complex

China recently held a ground-breaking ceremony and released the designs for its new supercomputing center, which will be located in Changsha. The rendering consists...

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American ­niversities See Decline in Foreigners Earning Science Doctorates

The number of doctorates in science and engineering granted by U.S. universities rose 1.9 percent last year, but the number of foreigners earning advanced degrees...

Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth
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Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth

"Secrecy is important for many things," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an interview with Time over Skype on Monday. Managing editor Richard Stengel...

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Your Next Wallet Is Calling

"Contactless" hardware lets phones and gadgets pay with a tap, but the coming plethora of apps that use it may confuse users.

Race Is On to 'fingerprint' Phones, Pcs
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Race Is On to 'fingerprint' Phones, Pcs

David Norris wants to collect the digital equivalent of fingerprints from every computer, cellphone and TV set-top box in the world.

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Nasa Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery

NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial...

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Google Wave May Become an Apache Project

Google Wave's developers have submitted the software to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), making it a candidate to become a Podling included in the Apache Incubator...

With Better Sharing of Data Comes Danger
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With Better Sharing of Data Comes Danger

The release of a huge tranche of U.S. diplomatic cables has laid bare the primary risk associated with the U.S. government's attempt to encourage better information...

­idai: Inside the World's Largest Data Management Project
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­idai: Inside the World's Largest Data Management Project

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is an Indian government body mandated with the task of assigning every single one of India's 1.2 billion citizens...

Graduate Students Create Recyclable Laptop
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Graduate Students Create Recyclable Laptop

Graduate students at Stanford University and Finland's Aalto University have created a prototype of a recyclable laptop that can be disassembled in about 30 seconds...

Wikileaks Files Detail ­.s. Electronic Surveillance
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Wikileaks Files Detail ­.s. Electronic Surveillance

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered clandestine surveillance of United Nations leadership, including obtaining "security measures, passwords, personalWikiLeaks...

War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat
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War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat

War would be a lot safer, the Army says, if only more of it were fought by robots.

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In Class, Texting Is the New Doodling

Top classroom distraction surpasses doodling, daydreaming and note-passing.
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